Best approach to stripping off poly clear coat of CE24 and other questions

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by dwrockdoctor, Sep 30, 2018.

  1. Xtcclassic

    Xtcclassic New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2021
    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    85
    Why poly and not nitro?
     
  2. InTooDeep

    InTooDeep Out Lobstering...

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2017
    Messages:
    151
    Likes Received:
    248
    I did a wipe on satin poly on a bass I refinished. I liked it, but I don't play it much, so I can't speak to it's durability. But it was super easy!
     
  3. dwrockdoctor

    dwrockdoctor New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2018
    Messages:
    94
    Likes Received:
    243
    Would love a nitro finish but I suck with anything that involves spraying. Current lockdown situations in my country stop me from getting someone else to spray for me so a wipe on finish it is. Doesn't have to be super durable, the guitar has had a hard life and has numerous dings on the back.
     
    aphantomvaper likes this.
  4. Gtrbldr

    Gtrbldr New Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2021
    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    71
    Great job! I like shiny better than satin, but that is because all the bling due to the nice top
     
  5. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2015
    Messages:
    27,309
    Likes Received:
    48,808
    Satin would be cool. I dig it on my Dirty 100


    [​IMG]
     
  6. Xtcclassic

    Xtcclassic New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2021
    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    85
    I definitely prefer satin to gloss.
     
  7. dwrockdoctor

    dwrockdoctor New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2018
    Messages:
    94
    Likes Received:
    243
    [​IMG]

    Mock up with some hardware and accoutrements. I have some amber knobs that would suit better that are currently hiding in a box somewhere after a house move a few months back. The neck on this mock up isn't original. The original neck is on a different CE body at the moment. PRS CE partscaster time, haha. The colour varies quite dramatically depending on the light. It goes between a darker brown to much more pumpkin orange in strong outside light. It will be interesting to see how it looks once a clear coat is on.

    For anyone interested, especially fellow Aussies, the stain I used is a local brand called Feast and Watson, walnut colour first followed by a sand back and then teak added second. Spirit based stains. Couldn't wait any longer for those Keda dyes to arrive, postage is super slow at the moment due to Australia's current lockdown mayhem.
     
    SinSir, InTooDeep, grausch and 7 others like this.
  8. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2017
    Messages:
    16,290
    Likes Received:
    33,775
    Looking really good. Nice work.
     
    dwrockdoctor, bodia and DISTORT6 like this.
  9. dwrockdoctor

    dwrockdoctor New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2018
    Messages:
    94
    Likes Received:
    243
    Thanks Alnus Rubra! Pretty happy with how it's coming along. It's a passion of love, that's for sure, big learning curve.
     
  10. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2015
    Messages:
    27,309
    Likes Received:
    48,808
    Nicely done!
     
    dwrockdoctor and Alnus Rubra like this.
  11. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2017
    Messages:
    16,290
    Likes Received:
    33,775
    Absolutely, well done for going in with spirit based stains.

    I wimped out and did my first stain job with water based stains.
     
    dwrockdoctor and bodia like this.
  12. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2017
    Messages:
    16,290
    Likes Received:
    33,775
    However, I should add that I was attempting a one-off burst, no sanding back, so it had to be right first time.

    I did lots of practicing with off-cuts from the maple top, so I knew how the stains would react.

    The guitar is now under lacquer, so my work is sealed for eternity (well until someone decides to refinish it!).

    As I said great work and really looking forward to seeing the guitar finished.
     
    aphantomvaper and bodia like this.
  13. dwrockdoctor

    dwrockdoctor New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2018
    Messages:
    94
    Likes Received:
    243
    Thanks for the kind words guys!

    Spirit based stains were what was easily available. Not sure when or if these Keda dyes will show up. Glad it worked out okay, I didn't realise spirit based stains are less forgiving, haha!

    First two thin coats of satin wipe on poly have been applied to the top. I'll just do a coat a day for the rest of the week and that should do it. So far, so good. I could've got this done by someone else with probably more pro results but I like what this process adds to the story of a guitar that already has such a personal history for me. The battles you go through together create an even stronger bond!
     
  14. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2017
    Messages:
    16,290
    Likes Received:
    33,775
    Spirit stains give less working time and so if you’re looking to burst the colours into one another you need to be confident and working decisively and carefully.

    Watch any of the staining videos from PRS and you will see what I mean. These guys make it look easy, which it most certainly isn’t!

    Here’s an example -

     
  15. DISTORT6

    DISTORT6 NJ Devil

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    6,783
    Likes Received:
    20,066
    I could watch staining and CNC carving videos all day long.
     
  16. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2015
    Messages:
    27,309
    Likes Received:
    48,808
    Me too!
     
  17. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2017
    Messages:
    16,290
    Likes Received:
    33,775
    Me three!
     
    DISTORT6 and aphantomvaper like this.
  18. aphantomvaper

    aphantomvaper New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2020
    Messages:
    1,393
    Likes Received:
    2,915
    Mooooooooons!
     
    Alnus Rubra and bodia like this.
  19. dwrockdoctor

    dwrockdoctor New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2018
    Messages:
    94
    Likes Received:
    243
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Finally complete for the moment, sorry for the delay! Comes up good in photos and when viewed from a foot or further away. Closer inspection and you’d be able to notice some imperfections but I’m happy for now and it was a great learning curve getting to this point.

    It plays and sounds great as it always has. Chucked in the original HFS and VB combo with the 5-way rotary. I forgot how versatile this setup is!
     
    october3, Black Plaid, SinSir and 5 others like this.
  20. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2017
    Messages:
    16,290
    Likes Received:
    33,775
    Hawt! Really nice work, congratulations.
     
    dwrockdoctor and bodia like this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice